To configure identity authentication and data encryption settings for a VPN connection


Open Network Connections


Click the VPN connection you want to configure, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.


On the Security tab, do one of the following:

To select preconfigured combinations of identity authentication methods and data encryption requirements, click Typical (recommended settings), and in Validate my identity as follows, click a method to use for validation.

Depending on your Validate my identity as follows selection, you can select (enable) or clear (disable) the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) or Require data encryption (disconnect if none) check boxes. The following table shows which selections are available.

If Require data encryption (disconnect if none) is not enabled, encryption is optional. To prevent encryption, click Advanced (custom settings), and then click Settings. In Data encryption, click No encryption allowed (server will disconnect if it requires encryption).

Validate my identity as followsAutomatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)Require data encryption (disconnect if none)

Require secured password


Available (enabled by default)

Use smart card


Available (enabled by default)

To individually enable, configure, and disable authentication methods and encryption requirements, click Advanced (custom settings), and then click Settings.


Modifying Advanced (custom settings) requires a knowledge of security protocols.


To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections

Related Topics

Security features of Network Connections

VPN connection authentication and data encryption

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